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Arcade Manual Archive

This collection consists of manuals, circuit diagrams, cheat sheets and other materials related to the operation of arcade machines.

Coin-operated arcade games, especially as they became primarily electronic and sold to an ever-widening audience of vendors and distributors, came with instruction manuals, repair documentation, and schematics. Usually attached inside the machines inside bags, or as part of the manifest documents, these manuals were vital for installation and operation of these expensive pieces of hardware. As these long-lived machines fell out of favor with the first-line locations in arcades, they would be passed from owner to owner, occasionally losing parts but very often losing the manuals, which would be separated from the machines and stored in binders or file cabinets and forgotten.

Over time, owners of arcade games that still had the manuals would scan or photocopy them to provide to other owners that still needed them, with the pace quickening as more and more private individuals bought the machines at fire sales and auctions. This mostly-anonymous army of scanners have built up a very large library of manuals that are now available here.

Functional as operating instructions but also as insightful historical documents, these arcade manuals provide another angle on the care and engineering behind the games that have entertained so many over the decades.

Many of these arcade manuals were scanned by Al Kossow, who is thanked for his dedication to saving this history. Metadata for the entries were typed in by Jason Scott, Kent Conrad, John Fink, Thomas Hahn, Lewis Collard, Rose Auerbach, Jason Callina, Aaron Acephalous, Justin Cameron, Miguel Jacq.


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Arcade Game Manual for Pachislo Slot. Includes installation instructions, game play instructions, troubleshooting notes, conversion notes, bandit installation, and error message table.
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Arcade Game Manual for Pachislo Yamasa from Stealth Home Amusement. Includes parts list, illustrated diagrams, cabinet description, error message table, and troubleshooting faq. From Stealth Home Amusement, 1150 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607.
Topics: reset, stealth, amusement, Manual, Arcade\n, copyright, button, odds, hopper, pachislo, power,...
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Owner's manual for The House of the Dead 4 arcade game by Sega. Appears to be missing sections of text. By Sega Corporation, Nissay Aroma Building 14th Floor, 5-37-1, Kamata, Ohta-ku, Tokyo, 144-8271, Japan.
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Arcade Game Manual for Pachislo Outlaw, an arcade game by Stealth Home Amusement. Includes parts list, illustrated diagrams, cabinet description, error message table, and troubleshooting faq. From Stealth Home Amusement, 1150 University Ave., Rochester, NY 14607.
Topics: reset, pachislo, stealth, \nArcade Manuals, Arcade\n, copyright, payout, volume, button, amusement,...
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Arcade Game Manual for Plinko, an arcade game by Innovative Concepts in Entertainment. Includes installation and setup instructions, troubleshooting notes, parts lists, cabinet assembly diagram, coin chute assembly diagrams, coin drawer assembly diagrams, jumper diagram, system schematic diagram, and wiring diagrams.
Topics: coin, wheel, chute, \nArcade Manuals, Arcade\n, ticket, game, lli, programming, decal, assembly,...
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Arcade Game Manual for Big Win Super Spin, an arcade game by Innovative Concepts in Entertainment. Includes setup instructions, assembly diagrams, game play description, programming instructions, power supply requirements, troubleshooting notes, illustrated parts lists, and wiring diagrams.
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Arcade Game Manual for Pachislo Sinbad Adventure from Big Bear Pachislo Shop. Includes parts list, installation instructions, cabinet description, error message list, and troubleshooting notes. From Big Bear Pachislo Shop, 16505 N. Interstate 45 Willis, TX 77318.
Topics: payout, machine, tokens, \nArcade Manuals, Arcade\n, pachislo, button, counter, reset, token,...
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Arcade Game Manual for Primeval Hunt, an arcade game by Sega. Includes cabinet specifications, power requirements, cabinet diagrams, assembly and installation instructions, required tools list, self test menu instructions, gameplay description, inspection instructions, troubleshooting notes, error message lists, dip switch settings, illustrated parts lists, wire color code table, and wiring diagrams. Part no. 543-30-300. From Sega Amusements USA Inc. Arthur Avenue, Elk Grove Village, IL...
Topics: game, test, dvd, \nArcade Manuals, Arcade\n, display, electric, lindbergh, countermeasures,...
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Arcade Game Manual for Pachislo Tekken, from Big Bear Pachislo Shop. Includes parts list, installation instructions, cabinet description, error message list, and troubleshooting notes. From Big Bear Pachislo Shop, 16505 N. Interstate 45 Willis, TX 77318.
Topics: payout, machine, tokens, Manual, Arcade\n, token, button, hopper, pachislo, reset, rate, push,...
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Assembly and programming manual (Revision 1E) for X-Prize, a ticket redemption / prize machine by Sega. Includes installation, assembly, loading and programming guide, parts list as well as an explanation of payout percentage logic.
Topics: prize, asy, game, \nArcade Manuals, Arcade\n, wheel, sensor, led, button, spacer, cabinet, payout,...
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Arcade Game Manual for Primeval Hunt DX, an arcade game by Sega. Includes cabinet specifications, power supply requirements, cabinet diagrams, illustrated parts lists, required tools list, installation and assembly instructions, test menu instructions, game play description, maintenance instructions, troubleshooting notes, coin handling instructions, dip switch settings, and wiring diagrams. From Sega Amusements Europe, Ltd. Block C, 42 Barwell Business Park, Chessington, Surrey. KT9 2NY United...
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Play Guide for Pachislo Sinbad Adventure from Big Bear Pachislo Shop. Includes illustrated gameplay description.
Topics: bonus, winning, sindbad, \nArcade Manuals, Arcade\n, credits, machine, enter, win, big, oncoming,...
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Play Guide for Pachislo Tekken from Big Bear Pachislo Shop. Includes illustrated gameplay description.
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Technician menu and filler menu flowcharts for the IVC2 Control Unit Version 2.69, a programmable digital control system for Wurlitzer coin-operated vending machines.
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